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Top 7 Futon Options for Tiny Houses and Other Small Spaces

When you’re getting ready to live in a tiny house or other kinds of small space you’ll probably end up wanting a futon.

This way when you have guests there’s somewhere for them to sit and/or sleep.

A futon is almost like having a sofa bed except that it’s less expensive and most of the time more comfortable.

In my friend Dan Louche’s first tiny house that he built for his mom, she used a futon as her couch during the day then converted it into a bed in the evening.

This allowed her living room to serve two functions with little effort since she didn’t want to be climbing up a sleeping loft to go to bed.

So here are what I consider to be the top 7 futons for tiny houses and other small spaces.

If you’re actually shopping for this right now, look carefully as you may have to purchase the mattress, cover, and frame separately.

Premiere Futon Mattress

If you already have the frame in place, or simply want to order a futon mattress for your upstairs sleeping loft then here it is.

Premier Futon Mattress

Order this Premiere Futon Mattress from Amazon.com using this link.

Silver Futon Frame

This silver futon frame looks modern. It’s simple and inexpensive. Be sure to find a mattress that fits.

Modern Silver Futon Frame

Get more information and/or order this futon through Amazon.

Hard Wood Futon Frame

This is a more traditional and sturdy wood futon frame that you can use with most futon mattresses (sold separately).

Hardwood Futon Frame

Click here to order the wood based futon frame through Amazon.

Metal/Wood Frame Futon

This model uses a combination of wood and metal. It’s professionally built and adjusts to three different positions.

Metal and Wood Futon

To order this metal/wood futon, click here.

Modern Black Futon Frame

This version is less costly than the one above and features a modern look. Great for most small spaces.

Black Futon Frame

If you want to buy this black futon frame, click here.

Black Metal Futon Frame

Basic futon frame which you can add your own mattress too. The one at the top of this page is perfect for it.

Black Metal Futon Frame

Order this basic black metal futon frame for your small space.

Bunk Bed Futon

This one comes with an upstairs sleeping area which can be really handy in a shared bedroom or multifunctional living area.

Bunk Bed Futon

If you want to buy this bunk bed, click here.

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • Les
    February 28, 2012, 3:45 pm

    I believe that the best place for a quality futon is a local dealer carrying a good brand of futon mattress ans frame. Metal frames do not hold up nearly as well as wood. An innerspring futon is most comfortable for sleeping (loft bed), where a cotton – foam layered mattress is best for a convertible couch – bed. Futon Don of fort worth Texas had the best futon by far, it was a 100% foam in full size. It was the best, period, but was more expensive and he discontinued it due to not enough sales.

    I sold futons Retail and Wholesale from 1986 to 2004 when I sold my futon business.

    • February 28, 2012, 8:14 pm

      Hey Les, good to hear from you, and thanks for the insight.

  • Ruth A
    February 29, 2012, 12:59 am

    Hi Alex,
    Wonder if you know of anyone making tiny houses for sensitive people..like MCS types, who are sensitive to
    the usual building materials of homes today.
    I know that someone has a business redoing Airstream trailers for folks who need special non-toxic materials when building something. I am in Wisconsin and don’t know of anyone to consult, locally, near Milwaukee.
    Thanks…love the photos and videos!

  • sesameB
    March 7, 2012, 1:53 pm

    Yes, I adore futons.

  • jerryd
    December 15, 2012, 4:55 pm

    I make my own by using 1/2” plywood and make the base from plywood too for storage. The angles are important for comfort as is a good thick mattress

    I haven’t found a good futon matttress yet as too thin and cheap filling. I get good thick foam and cover it with the material, design/color I want and thumbtack it into place to the ply.

    Cheap, comfortable, flexible, space saving with storage. And you only need about 4.5′ high to sit in it so above can be storage, loft, etc.

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